How Does Gerrymandering Impact Competitiveness?

Posted on April 30, 2017

How does gerrymandering impact competitiveness?

 

We all like to win. It’s a natural human instinct. But we also have a natural drive for fairness. Let’s talk about both.

 

But first, imagine a 100-yard dash between two runners. One runner works at the race track and has the power to set up the race. In order to get a leg up on their opponent, this runner adds 10 hurdles to their opponent’s lane and takes a jackhammer to the concrete while leaving their lane in perfect condition. Who do you think will win?

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Is Michigan Really Gerrymandered?

Posted on April 20, 2017

Is Michigan Really Gerrymandered?

 

It’s worth asking the question. In order to answer, first consider the definition of gerrymandering.


“Gerrymander” is both a verb and a noun. As a verb, it is the process of manipulating voting maps to favor one party over another. As a noun, it is the manipulated voting map itself. There are two parts to this definition: the manipulation by a partisan redrawing process, and the advantage the end result gives to the party that drew the maps. We’ll get to whether Michigan has partisan voting maps, but first, let’s answer a basic question.

 

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You Might Be Gerrymandered If...

Posted on April 20, 2017

You Might Be Gerrymandered If...

 

How can you tell if you live in a gerrymandered district and just what does “gerrymandering” mean, anyway? Well, it’s a long word with an even longer history. Basically, gerrymandering happens when politicians manipulate voting maps to keep themselves or their parties in office at the expense of your interests. Without a doubt, it can lead to some situations that are even more complex than the word used to describe it.

 

So, how can you tell if your district was drawn for the benefit of politicians and not to ensure a fair, transparent, and democratic process where YOUR vote counts?

 

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